Hebrews 12:2 speaks directly to the central doctrine of Christian faith-salvation. In this scripture we are to see how Christ endured the cross (for our salvation) and that alone should draw us to God. I have a big issue with the immorality of this salvation thing to begin with. It is not moral that anyone should pay for my transgressions, for one thing. Put that aside for a moment though and consider this:
Accept Christ or eternal damnation, how is that a choice? Where is the free will in that?
In God On Trial, a fictional account of a group of Jews in a Nazi extermination camp, there is a scene where a Jewish man is pleading with a Nazi soldier to not kill his two sons. The soldier says “choose one.” The man answers, “How is that a choice?” It is not, it is coercion.
Not only that, but scripture is clear that we do not have a choice in accepting God.
The Bible says, God saw you before you were born and predestined everything that you will ever do.
16Your (A)eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in (B)Your book were all written The (C)days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them. Psalm 139:16 (NAS)
Because He saw it, and wrote in His book each day of your life---it will be! If He made you, and He knows what you were and are going to do, you do not have a choice. You will simply do what God predestined you to do.
28And we know that [a]God causes (A)all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are (B)called according to His purpose. 29For those whom He (C)foreknew, He also (D)predestined to become (E)conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the (F)firstborn among many brethren; 30and these whom He (G)predestined, He also (H)called; and these whom He called, He also (I)justified; and these whom He justified, He also (J)glorified. Romans 8:28-30(NAS)
If this is the case, that you were predestined to conform to the likeness of His son, how is it a choice? And if God did not foresee that you would ‘choose’ to love Christ, then He is not omniscient.
Likewise, if a man is wicked, then God surely made him that way. Proverbs 16:4 (NAS) “The LORD has made everything for its own purpose, even the wicked for the day of evil.”
The wicked do not have a choice, if God already made everything for its own purpose, the outcome is fixed. And nothing man can do will change that. 13Consider the (A)work of God, For who is (B)able to straighten what He has bent? Ecclesiastes 7:13. (NAS)
Finally, if God foresees everything except where man’s ‘free will’ is involved, then He is not all knowing or all powerful because He can not respond to or act upon something that He does not know.
The Bible clearly speaks against free will and for predestination. 4just as (A)He chose us in Him before (B)the foundation of the world, that we would be (C)holy and blameless before [a]Him (D)In love 5He (E)predestined us to (F)adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, (G)according to the kind intention of His will, 6(H)to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in (I)the Beloved. Ephesians 1:3-6 [NAS]
4But God, being (A)rich in mercy, because of (B)His great love with which He loved us, 5even when we were ©dead in our transgressions, made us alive together [a]with Christ ((D)by grace you have been saved), 6and (E)raised us up with Him, and (F)seated us with Him in (G)the heavenly places in (H)Christ Jesus, 7so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing (I)riches of His grace in (J)kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For (K)by grace you have been saved (L)through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is (M)the gift of God; 9(N)not as a result of works, so that (O)no one may boast. 10For we are His workmanship, (P)created in (Q)Christ Jesus for ®good works, which God (S)prepared beforehand so that we would (T)walk in them. Ephesians 2:4-10 [NAS]
“10Not only that, but Rebekah’s children had one and the same father, our father Isaac. 11Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad - in order that God’s purpose in election might stand: 12not by works but by him who calls - she was told “The older will serve the younger”. 13Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated”. 14What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! 15For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion” [Exodus 33:19 NASB]”
20On the contrary, who are you, (A)O man, who (B)answers back to God? (C)The thing molded will not say to the molder, "Why did you make me like this," will it? 21Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use? Romans 9:20-21 [NASB]
9who has (A)saved us and (B)called us with a holy (C)calling, (D)not according to our works, but according to His own (E)purpose and grace which was granted us in (F)Christ Jesus from (G)all eternity, 2 Timothy 1:9 [NASB]
48When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying (A)the word of the Lord; and as many as (B)had been appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48 [NASB]
Clearly, we are not free to choose Christ.